Civil 3D for Project Managers

Your ability to view and navigate 3D models is essential to keeping up with technology. Your ability to verify the design specifications are met by the 3D model is very important.
You do not need extensive CADD skills just the basic tools for navigation and checking dimensions, slopes, areas, and volumes. 3D models can help you find utility conflicts or slope overruns outside the ROW. Civil 3D and Microstation are both 3D modeling tools.

2D sheets are not the future. 3D models are here and now.

2D Sheets are not the future. 3D models are here and now. NextGen Plans specs now appear in the FDOT Design Manual, Section 900.

The first step for a project manager is to learn to use model viewing tools. If you don’t have Civil 3D installed on your computer you can install DWG TruView for free from Autodesk. It is OK to ask for help. The FDOT CADD Support staff are there to assist you.

Civil 3D has a mature set of features and workflows developed over the past 15 years.

Project managers need a CADD production team that has confidence they can complete a project using the FDOT Civil 3D State Kit.  Build your team’s skills with training and on the job mentored experiences.  Add “Learn 3D Tools” to your to-do list. Be persistent with your learning efforts. Lean on the experts at FDOTCAD.com to build your confidence in Civil 3D as your go-to workflow for project deliverables. Your outside consultants are competent and capable of delivering your project using FDOT20xx Civil 3D State Kit. If they ask you to allow them to deliver a project using Civil 3D be confident in their abilities and say yes.

Convert Geopak Data to and from Autodesk® Civil 3D® using Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator

Even though the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator was retired March 1, 2019 you can still install it and run it using the FDOT2020 Civil 3D State Kit. Why? Because it runs stand-alone as a client app to the online service that performs the conversions.

It is always a good idea to read the readme file with any application. This excerpt is from the translator’s readme.

The Autodesk® Civil Engineering Data Translator Client is a standalone application that is used to access the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator server and services.  The Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator service translates Autodesk® Civil 3D® files to files that can be used in Bentley® GEOPAK® and Bentley® InRoads®, and to translate GEOPAK and InRoads files to files that can be used in Autodesk Civil 3D. The Civil Engineering Data Translator is a secure cloud service that is not dependent upon a specific version of Autodesk Civil 3D.

The online HELP info provides the details of what file types can be translated.

Where to find and download the Autodesk Civil Engineering Data Translator Login to your Autodesk account and search through the list of updates. The current version was posted Dec. 21, 2018.

FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.04.00) released October 23, 2020

The FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.04.00) was released on October 23, 2020.

The link to find the software download, Release Notes, and Installation Guide is shown below.

http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2020CADDSoftware.shtm

You can save time and avoid failure by finding and installing the updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D using the method suggested in my Autodesk Software Updates mind map.

FDOT Transportation Symposium 2020

FDOT policies, procedures and best practices get their yearly tune-up with the FDOT Transportation Symposium now presented as a series of webinars.

https://transportationsymposium.fdot.gov/

A release schedule for recordings of the presentations collectively known as the FDOT Transportation Symposium 2020 are found online. The first presentations started in June 2020 and the last presentations are scheduled for release in March 2021.

Notable presentations of interest to CAD users are listed below.

In July CADD Manual, CADD Tools, and CADD Platform Updates was posted. I am eagerly awaiting for Next Generation “NexGen” plans in March 2021

The FDOT Civil 3D State Kit is not getting much attention. The primary reason for this starts with project managers. Project managers have the power to specify which CAD platform will be used for a project’s deliverables. Without the support of FDOT project managers Civil 3D has no future at FDOT. Eventually FDOT will be facing the same issues that brought Civil 3D to the table back in 2008. History rhymes.

FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.03.00) released July 23, 2020

The FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.03.00) was released on July 23, 2020.

The link to find the software download, Release Notes, and Installation Guide is shown below.

http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2020CADDSoftware.shtm

You can save time and avoid failure by finding and installing the updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D using the method suggested in my Autodesk Software Updates mind map.

FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.01.00) released Feb 3, 2020

The FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.01.00) was released on Feb 3, 2020.

The link to find the software download, Release Notes, and Installation Guide is shown below.

http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2020CADDSoftware.shtm

You can save time and avoid failure by finding and installing the updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D using the method suggested in my Autodesk Software Updates mind map.

FDOT2019 Civil 3D Maintenance Release 5 released Feb 3, 2020

The FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit  was released on October 1, 2018. This is the fifth Maintenance

Below is the link for the FDOT2019 Civil 3D State Kit (version 01.05.00) download link, Release Notes, and Installation Guide.
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2019CADDSoftware.shtm

The Installation Guide recommends you read that entire document before you install. I also recommend you do so. It has useful information that can save you some trouble. For instance, you must uninstall the FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit before installing MR5.

Release Notes are also a necessary read to learn about recent changes to the kit.

As a best practice find and install the updates to AutoCAD 2019, AutoCAD Map 3D 2019, and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019 before installing FDOT2019 Civil 3D State Kit MR5.  Updates can and often do get installed after the FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit is installed without any problems.

Please review my guide to Autodesk Software Updates (published in a mind map format). This guide provides the necessary information required to navigate the overly complex process of finding and installing Autodesk software updates.

If you don’t have a restriction I recommend using Civil 3D 2020 and FDOT2020 Civil 3D State Kit.

FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit released Nov 1, 2019

The FDOT Civil 3D 2020 State Kit (version 01.00.00) was released on November 1, 2019. At this time there is an Installation Guide but no Release Notes.  Amazingly, you cannot find the Release Notes after you install the State Kit at C:\FDOT2020.C3D  Find and install the updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D by using the method suggested in the mind map.

Download link is shown below

http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2020CADDSoftware.shtm

FDOT2018 Civil 3D State Kit MR6 released Jul 17, 2019

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FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR Release, (version 01.06.00) is now available.

This Maintenance Release contains file changes, new files and Application Enhancements that have occurred since FDOT2018 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR5 was released on 04/03/2019.
The FDOT Civil 3D 2018 State Kit is on a quarterly release cycle for updates. Use the link below to find the installation file and Installation Guide.
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2018CADDSoftware.shtm
There is no Release Notes link. You must find the Release Notes after you install MR6. C:\FDOT2018.C3D\FDOTC3D2018-MR5ReleaseNotes.pdf
Use the advice I share in this mind map to perform the installation and apply the updates correctly.

FDOT2019 Civil 3D Maintenance Release 3 released Jul 17, 2019

The FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit was released on October 1, 2018. This is the third Maintenance Release for this product, however the description on the FDOT web site is incorrect and should read as follows:

This is the install file for the third [Maintenance] release of the FDOT2019 Civil 3D State kit Software.

FDOT2019 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit Release, (version 01.03.00) is now available.

This Maintenance Release contains file changes, new files and Application Enhancements that have occurred since FDOT2019 C3D & AutoCAD State Kit MR2 was released on 04/03/2019.

 Below is the link for the FDOT2019 Civil 3D State Kit MR2 and Installation Guide.
http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2019CADDSoftware.shtm

At this time there is no link to the Release Notes on the web site.   The 2 page document can be found after you install at C:\FDOT2019.C3D\FDOTC3D2019-MR3ReleaseNotes.pdf .

The Installation Guide recommends you read that entire document before you install. I also recommend you do so. It has useful information that can save you some trouble. For instance, you must uninstall the FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit before installing MR3.

As a best practice find and install the updates to AutoCAD 2019, AutoCAD Map 3D 2019, and AutoCAD Civil 3D 2019 before installing FDOT2019 Civil 3D State Kit MR3.  Updates can and often do get installed after the FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit is installed without any problems.

Please review my guide to Autodesk Software Updates (published in a mind map format). This guide provides the necessary information required to navigate the overly complex process of finding and installing Autodesk software updates. 

FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit released Oct 1, 2018

The FDOT Civil 3D 2019 State Kit was released on October 1, 2018. At this time there is no Installation Guide nor Release Notes on the web site. You can find the Installation Guide after you install the State Kit at C:\FDOT2019.C3D\FDOT2019-Civil3DStateKit-InstallationGuide.pdf (ready, fire!, aim) Please refer to the FDOTC3D2018 MR3 post for installation instructions that should be applicable to the 2019 release. Find and install the updates to AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D by using the method suggested in the mind map on the FDOTC3D2018 MR3 post.

http://www.fdot.gov/cadd/downloads/software/FDOT2019CADDSoftware.shtm